Driver trapped in truck on the beach in Kill Devil Hills, rescued by first responders

Published 4:39 pm Friday, September 6, 2019

Kill Devil Hills Police, Fire and Ocean Rescue responded to a call for a vehicle being swept into the ocean and the driver trapped in the vehicle.

A call came to 911 at approximately 2:30 p.m. Friday, September 6 concerning a white pickup truck that had gone in the ocean at Arch Street in Kill Devil Hills. The passenger was able to get out, however the driver was still in the vehicle. Officers arrived on scene and were able to get the driver, Troy J. Topash, 41, of Kill Devil Hills, out of the vehicle. Upon further investigation, Topash was determined to be impaired and was arrested.


Courtesy Kill Devil Hills Police Department

Kill Devil Hills Ocean Rescue was able to secure the pickup with a tow strap to prevent it from washing further out. Seto’s towing was eventually able to extract the truck from the ocean, according to KDHPD.

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At the time of this incident, Kill Devil Hills was still under curfew and feeling the effects of Hurricane Dorian with high winds, driving rain and dangerous ocean conditions. There is no beach driving allowed in Kill Devil Hills at this time of year.

The Kill Devil Hills Police Department expressed thanks to the Kill Devil Hills Fire Department and KDH Ocean Rescue for assisting at the scene as well as the Dare County telecommunicators who helped coordinate the response and rescue efforts.